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Powering Up North - Changing our communities' energy future


Powering Up North
Changing our communities’
energy future
Date Location
26th February
10.00 to 16.00 (registration from 9.30)
Friends Meeting House, Mount Street,
Manchester, M2 5NS


Over 200 delegates from the public sector and communities attended the ‘Powering Up North’ community energy conference on the 26th February 2015. The event explored how we can encourage and capitalise on the fast paced growth of the community energy sector throughout the UK, to harness and expand this growth in the North.


As part of the day presentations and discussions considered the following:

  • Opportunity – exploring the potential for community energy in the North. Highlighting the multiple benefits this can bring, not just lowering carbon, but bringing social change and levering investment into renewable energy infrastructure.
  • Challenges – examining the issues and challenges, are they different from the South, if so, how and why?
  • Co-operation and networks - the keys to success in community energy are partnerships, collaboration and co-operation.
  • Support – working together to make it happen, delivering the full potential of community energy together.

The agenda and presentations from the event can be found below:

Powering Up North Programme

Why now for community energy?:

The importance & opportunity of community Energy:

Reviewing the challenges, support and success around the UK

Realising Transition Pathways Consortium: Research Launch

Keynote Speech